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Cowboy Bake Beans

All our friends love this tastes so good with ground beef and a blend of different beans. Brown sugar and mustard are a nice accent to the tomato paste.—Linda Biggs, Canfield, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) lima beans
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) cut wax beans, drained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard


  • In an ovenproof Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 hours or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Cowboy Baked Beans can also be heated in a slow cooker on low for 5-6 hours. Cook and drain the beef and onion as directed before adding to the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 457 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 964mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 12g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • afelty
    Dec 23, 2012

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  • SueBecker
    Jul 7, 2012

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  • AshGren
    Mar 17, 2012

    I have been using this recipe for years! I have yet to meet anyone who does not like it! I really want to find a chili recipe that is similar to this!!! Anyone have one?????

  • ctmom05
    Jan 2, 2012

    Iv'e got a batch of Cowboy Bake Beans in the crockpot now.I did change things around a little - I added stew beef instead of ground beef. I used 4 cans of the same variety of beans, instead of the recommended mix of 5.In addition, I diced a fresh tomato into the mix and used less brown sugar, as the full amount would have been sweeter than I like.

  • dfskeens
    Sep 4, 2011

    everyone loved these, and they are so easy to make

  • susanna823
    Jan 18, 2011

    I always make this in the crockpot. Often I carry it to church potluck suppers or family cookouts. It is always popular. I have shared this recipe with many friends. I use whatever types of beans I have on hand -- even frozen green beans and butterbeans. It is very forgiving of bean types. Instead of condensed tomato soup, I use tomato sauce. Great as a main dish served with brown rice.

  • kk5219
    Jul 2, 2010

    This is a very tasty version of baked beans I would and do serve at all my BBQ's a very must try.

  • Lonipop
    Sep 12, 2009

    I am trying the recipe today, but why does the caption mention tomato PASTE??

  • spellbinder
    Jul 20, 2008

    This is a great recipe! I substitute some fresh sausage and baked ham for some of the hamburger, using about 1/3 of each meat and put the ham bone in the pot too.

  • TrueBake
    Jul 12, 2008

    I love this recipe. It is easy and makes a great potluck dish. Friends always want me to bring this great side, it goes with anything.